The Danish National Police, Rigspolitiet, has awarded IDEMIA with a ten-year contract plan to develop and maintain a new border management system for the external Schengen borders of Denmark due to the annual increase in visitors and the changing of the EU regulations.
According to a press release issued by IDEMIA, Rigspolitiet decided to take the opportunity provided by the introduction of the new EU Entry/Exit System system to replace and enhance its current border management solution, as the implementation of the new EES regulations is planned to take place next year.
“After Iceland, Denmark is the second European country that has chosen to collaborate with IDEMIA to implement a complete and highly secure solution that optimizes the traveller flow,” IDEMIA Senior Vice President Europe, Public Security & Identity Pascal Fallet said.
To be able to provide the Danish National Police with a comprehensive solution, IDEMIA has partnered with two local companies in Denmark – Systematic and Biometric Solutions.
The EU Entry/Exit System (EES), which is to become fully effective by May 2022, is a new scheme that aims to allow the EU Member States to record each entry and exit as well as replace the existing use of passport stamping.
In addition, the system aims to help the Member States to deal with large numbers of travellers, help to identify third-country nationals that don’t meet entry rules and reduce irregular immigration, among others.
To help the Danish border management, the new system will address the hardware needs of around 12,000 officers in border control, immigration, and law enforcement.
Moreover, the solutions will also assist with immigration control and law enforcement searches in national and international criminal databases, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Apart from the national border management system, the solutions that will be provided by IDEMIA will also include the following:
- Self-service kiosks
- Portable integrated border control equipment
- Automated border control eGates
- Self-adjusting cameras
- Fingerprint scanners to equip manual counters
- Mobile biometric tablets
Additionally, except for complying with the new EES system, Denmark’s Entry/Exit System will also function in line with the ETIAS regulations.
ETIAS will be an automated IT system created to ensure security as well as identify irregular migration or other risks posed by visa-exempt visitors travelling to the Schengen Area. The same will facilitate the border crossing process for the majority of travellers who don’t pose such risks.